12 May 2017

WHOLE GRILLED CHICKEN



Today is a very important day of fasting prior to ramadan..i was thinking what to prepare for "nombtura".Then striked the idea of grilled chicken.It's my husband's all time favourite.My little one love the skin of grilled chicken whenever we buy from outside




It is actually very easy to prepare this grilled chicken.But it takes sometime for marination and cooking.This is the second time i am attempting this preparation..The first time i made whole grilled chicken was 2years back and of course could not post it.This time i got it right too.i used homemade masala powders.That did make a very good difference this time.Masala was well coated on the chicken and was tender and juicy .It tasted perfect!!.I was super excited with the end result:)




Ingredients

1. One whole chicken

To marinate
  1. Butter - 2tbsp
  2. Ginger garlic paste - 2tbsp
  3. Red chilli powder - 1tbsp ( i used kashmiri chilly powder )
  4. Corriander powder -1 tsp
  5. Turmeric powder - 1tsp
  6. Pepper powder - 1tsp
  7. Garam masala - 1tsp
  8. Soyasauce 1tsp
  9. Sugar - 1/2tsp
  10. curd - 2tbsp
  11. lemon juice - 1tbsp
  12. salt - to taste


Method

  • Wash and clean chicken and drain excess water.
  • Poke the chicken with knife or fork all over and keep aside.
  • Heat a pan and add butter and sugar to it.
  • mix well and switch off the flame.
  • Add all the marinade ingredients to it and mix well.
  • Now apply this masala all over the chicken.
  • Keep the chicken inthe fridge for minimum 2 hours and more. may be overnight..do not keep the marinated chicken in freezer.
  • Take the chicken out.
  • Heat a big pan .
  • cover  and cook  the chicken in low flame  for 15 minutes.
  • When the chicken is being cooked preheat the oven at 220 degrees for 10 minutes.
  • In a baking tray keep an alluminium foil and place the chicken on that.
  • Pour the chicken juice that came out while cooking on all over the chicken.
  • Now bake the chicken for about 20 minutes.
  • When done take the chicken out and pour the juice from the chicken all over again.
  • Again keep the chicken back in oven and bake for about another 20 minutes.
  • Repeat the same process and bake for another 15-20minutes.
  • Now its done
  • Garnish and serve hot.
  • Enjoyyyyy your grilled chicken with your favouritr dip:)...


10 May 2017

Whole wheat butterless cookies


Yesterday my little one was craving for some snacks.But nothing was in d pantry.She asked whether i could make something.So i made these goodies yesterday.

And i do not want this one to remain in draft forever:(..so thought of posting it .



Ingredients

Wheat flour/atta -1cup
Baking soda -1/4tsp
Salt - a pinch
Sugar -1/2 cup
Oil-1/4 cup
Vanila essence -1 tsp
Milk  - 1/4 cup
Cherry - to decorate

Method

Preheat oven at 180 degrees
Mix flour salt and baking soda and keep aside
Powder sugar finely
Mix powdered sugar oil and vanilla essence well
Now add the flour mix to it and mix well
Now add milk slowly and form a soft dough
Make small balls out of it and flatten slightly
Place cherry on the centre and press lightly
Arrange in baking tray with space apart
Bake for 10-12 min
Allow to cool and enjoyyyyyyy

5 May 2017

APPLE JAM



Anything homemade is really exciting and greaaaat!!!..if it's jam ,bread ,cookies anything..i have made strawberry jam loong back..and this time its apple jam😊...
This is one among the many recipes that was being suffocated in my drafts..🤕





And i cannot forget the day i made this jam..It was the day cyclone hit our city..Obviously there was no power anywhere.We had no idea when the power will be resumed..forget the power..it was a mess everywhere.I do not want to go into the details..it was such a terrible day..so these apples were  lying in the fridge and i was afraid it will get spoiled.not only apples..there was fish too in the freezer..i made them into pickle😋😋.recipe on the way.(hopefully..bcz dn know when i will again disappear from blogging😯😑)..



My husband and little one loved this jam.He does not like jam or particularly anything sweet, but this was home made:)....To the recipe...........

Ingredients
apple - 5 nos chopped
sugar - 1/2 cup
lemon juice - 1tbsp

Method
wash and peel apples.
chop them and cover and cook  with little water till the apples are cooked
switch off the stove and mash the cooked apples
now take a pan or kadai and transfer the mashed apples to it and saute on medium heat
add sugar and mix well
cook till the mixture gets thick and starts leaving from the sides of the pan
add lemon juice  mix well and switch off flame
let it cool completely
transfer to a container or jar and use






4 May 2017

PINACOLADA





Hello all...very happy to be back again blogging.its been loooooong time ....summer is getting hotter day by day and what else other than a refreshing pinacolada recipe i could chose to post here today.

Happened to have this yummy drink at a restaurant here.i love pineapple..that too with coconut milk and fresh cream..it was heavenly..since then i wanted to make this at home.

Pinacolada is actually a  sweet mocktail made with rum ,coconut cream coconut milk and pineapple juice .But i have converted this cocktail conveniently  into a mocktail :)).It is regarded as the national drink of  Puerto Rico...do you all know we too have our national drink .it's Tea:).                                



Ingredients
1.pineapple  - 1cup chopped
2.coconut milk - 1/2 cup
3. Fresh cream  - 4 tbsp
4.sugar - as required

Method
put the chopped  pineapple into the blender and blend well
now add the coconut milk and cream and sugar
blend well till frothy
serve and enjoy...........................:)



24 May 2016

PUPPY FACED COOKIES


                                                        


These cute looking cookies were made purely upon my little one's request.Nowadays she is making many such requests like..."mama ,i want you to make  me pizza" "please will you make some cupcakes for me!"oh!i love cookies..why don't you make some?"..it goes on..And that's how i resumed my baking.I was damn lazy to try anything new.Thanks to my daughter's continous pleads.                                          



I saw this puppy faced cookies in mummy ka magic by amrita raichand..this one is surely a kid pleaser and very simple recipe too..
Ingredients

1.maida-1 cup
2.baking powder -1/2tsp
3.sugar-1/4 cup
4.butter-1/2cup
5.egg-1
6.vanilla essence-1tsp
7.chocolate chips,chocolate vermicelli and chocos -as required

Method

Preheat your oven at 180degrees for 10min

1.Take butter sugar egg and vanilla essence together in a bowl and mix well

2.Add flour and baking powder to this mixture and form a soft dough

3.form small balls out of the dough and keep

4.fix two chocos on either side as to form the puppy's ears

5.next keep two chocolate vermicelli as the eyes for each balls

6.finally take one chocolate chip and keep it as the nose
And you r done

7.arrange them in a baking tray and bake for 10-12minutes at 180degrees
allow the cookie to cool completely. 



21 May 2015

Jambakka Achaar



Its been almost a year since i disappeared from blogging.thanks to all those who constantly kept asking about my new posts.so here i am with the very simple and humble jambakka /water rose apple pickle.


Last week i have been to my hometown and  now there its the season of jackfruit and roseapple and plums.and of course it was raining cats n dogs there...in the midst of rain  we went for a short trip to Ponmudi.While returning back from Ponmudi ,climbing down the 22 hairpin curves suddenly we saw a lady selling fresh rose apple and raw mangoes.. my husband who is very fond of jambakkas stopped the car to buy them .we never bought jambakkas before ever because there woul be plenty of them at our house.but this time we reached our home jambakkas were all finished at my place....so these jambakkas were special since we got them  from Ponmudi:)..i packed it to Chennai and pickeled them ...To the recipe


Ingredients

  1. jambakka/water rose apple - one bowl
  2. oil -3tblsp
  3. mustard seeds- few
  4. fenugreek seeds - few
  5. chilli powder-3tbsp
  6. asfoetida-1/4tsp
  7. turmeric powder-1/4tsp
  8. curry leaves-one or two springs
  9. vinegar - 1tbsp
  10. salt -as needed


Method

  • de seed the rose apples. mix with salt and keep aside
  • heat a pan and add oil.I used gingely oil
  • splutter mustard seeds.when done add fenugreek seeds
  • now add the rose apples with salt
  • saute for about 7-10 minutes
  • now add all the powders and curry leaves.saute nicely for about 5 minutes
  • switch off flame and add the vinegar
  • let it cool and transfer to a clean glass bowl 
  • enjoy....:)





17 Aug 2014

UNNAKKAAYA/Coconut filled banana fritters

A very very belated Eid wishes to all....I have been off from blogging for a while due to some personal reasons..But a lot  have been happening in my life:)...Thaanks a ton to all those who have asked me about my absence from blogging..glad to know that you were all missing my updates :)..thanks for the support and love

                                                     

This ramzan and Eid,unlike the past five years, i celebrated in kerala with my family in kerala.Along with my sister in law i planned to try few of  those typical malabar dishes this ramzan.My sister in law was very enthusiastic to have me alongside to experiment with new dishes.She always gives feedback about my recipes and is a great supporter of my blog.Though she is from trivandrum she knows a lot of  typical malabar recipes.So the first recipe we tried was unnakkaya.


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                                              Unnakkaya is a widely popular malabar snack.Those who are from malabar side wouldn't need an introduction to this delicacy. Its a sweet dish made using ripe plantain/ethakkaya with a sweet filling inside.

RECIPE
what you need 
ripe plantain/nenthrapazam/ethakkaya - 4

for the filling
coconut - 1/2 cup
cashewnut-3 tbsp
raisins- 3 tbsp
sugar - 3 tbsp
cardomom seeds -2 or 3 pods

How to make 

  • cook the bananas in a pressure cooker or steam it in steamer until soft.
  • remove the skin and and using a knife remove the black seeds and fiber in the middle.
  • mash it and make a soft dough out of it like the chappathi dough and keep aside.
  • now we will make the filling.heat ghe.e in a pan and add cashewnuts, raisins ,coconut and cardamom seeds.saute for few minutes.remove from fire and keep aside.



  • grease your hands with ghee.take lemon sized ball from banana dough and flatten it in your palm
  • take 1 or 2 tsp full of coconut filling and place it in the center.now close the edges and make an elongated cylindrical shape using your both hands.


  • .make rest of the unnakkayas like this



  • heat oil/ ghee and slide each unnakkayas carefully and fry them turning each sides till all the sides are done


  • drain them into tissue paper and serve.


tips
  • do not overcook the bananas.
  • if the banana dough is a bit lose you can add rice flour or keep it refrigerator for a while
  • you can customize the coconut filling by adding dates ,tutti frutti, egg etc